R. Ryan Endris (BME ’05, MM ’08, DM ’12) has been appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, beginning in the fall of 2013. His work there will focus on conducting the university’s choirs in performances of choral-orchestral works, in addition to teaching music theory, orchestration, and general music courses.
Endris has received critical acclaim for his “ability to imbue his vocal and instrumental forces with his view of the music” and for his ensembles’ “clarity, exquisite phrasing, and vibrancy.” He is also in demand as an arranger of choral and instrumental music throughout the country, and his arrangements have been heard by audiences around the world. He has been commissioned for arrangements by both educational and professional organizations, including The IU Singing Hoosiers, The IU Wind Ensemble, The Bay View Music Festival (MI), Bloomington POPS Orchestra (IN), and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (NY).
Endris is currently Director of Music at First Christian Church in Bloomington, Ind., where he conducts the church’s four choral ensembles. He has taught music education, music theory, choral methods, and conducting courses at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs. Other recent appointments include chorusmaster for the Bloomington POPS Orchestra and Interim Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. While at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Endris studied voice with Alan Bennett and Sylvia McNair, and conducting with Jan Harrington, John Poole, and Robert Porco.